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Swamp Press

Return to: 20th Century U. S. Imprints in the Smith Collection

The portion of this website in front of you brings together in preliminary fashion a variety of lists and descriptions for United States Miniature Books published during the Twentieth Century. The books have then been organized by press or publisher as described in Robert C. Bradbury’s Twentieth Century United States Miniature Books (No. Clarendon, Vermont: The Microbibliophile, 2000). This page describes titles held by the University of Iowa Libraries for the press or publisher described below. The descriptions generally follow Bradbury’s format: Author. Title. Imprint (if it varies from the heading), date. Size in inches. Number of pages. Brief physical description. Illustrations note. Copy # of [##] copies.

Swamp Press

Oneonta, NY

1976-1990

Rayher, Ed and Jo Mish. Buson Haiku. Oneonta, NY: Swamp Press, 1977. 1-1/4″ x 1-9/16″. Colophon: Printed by Jo Mish & Ed Rayher in an edition of 25, and signed by them. Printed on Japanese paper and bound in red-orange Chinese paper. B20th 1.

Weber, Richard O. (compiler). Shakespeare on Politicians with a Uuseful Collection of Insults. Oneonta, NY: Swamp Press, 1979. 28pp. 1-3/4″ x 2-3/4″. Colophon: This little volume was culled from the larger manuscript of Richard O. Weber. The text is Times Roman and was printed at Swamp Press by Jo Mish and Ed Rayher this rainy June. The paper is English Basingwerk. This edition is limited to 100 numbered leather-bound and 300 paper bound copies. 4 Bugbee Road, Oneonta, New York 13820. This is #90 of the leather-bound copies. Bound in brown leather housed in a brown wooden case. B20th 2.

O’Neill, Patrick. Poems of the Possum. Oneonta, NY, Swamp Press, 1979. 20pp. 4-1/2″ x 3-3/16″. Colophon: This second edition zipped off in mom’s cellar, through the grace of Victor the Golding letterpress & mom. There are about sixteen changes from the other paper edition — find them if you are of the ability. May 25, 1979, Oneonta, New York. Illustrated by Vlakos. Bound in peach colored paper with title on the front cover in black. B20th: Not listed.

Beining, Guy R. Small Sessions of the Inner Spirit. Oneonta, NY: Swamp Press, 1980. 8pp. 2-5/16″ x 2-9/16″. Colophon: This book was printed and bound at Swamp Press in an edition of 100 hardcover and 200 softcover copies. It took this form because we couldn’t quite figure out how to make it work as a scroll. This is a softbound copy bound in stiff green paper with the title printed on the front cover. Text folds out with illustrated borders. B20th 3.

Alice’s Flip Book. Oneonta, NY: Swamp Press, 1981. 2″ x 2-7/8″. Colophon: This third edition was made possible by Victor the Golding letterpress. Our thanks to Sara Ka Beara for the idea. Drawn by E. 211 Main Oneonta, NY 13820. Mischief in the form of a cat who appears and disappears as the pages are flipped. Bound in white paper and stapled together. Cat printed in orange, everything else printed in black. B20th 4.

The Flip Book of the French Revolution. Swamp Press, 1981. 2-1/16″ x 3″. Colophon: This 1st edition of our Scholar Series Flip Books is recommended for its historical poignancy. Bound in paper stapled together. Printed in black on white paper. Last two pages are red. Title on the front cover. B20th 5.

Ruhl, Steven. Flip Book. Swamp Press, n.d. 30pp. 2-7/8″ x 3-1/2″. About the Book : A collage flipper dealing with lone rangers, women, and gravity. Bound in paper stapled together. Printed in black on yellow tinted paper. Title printed on front cover. b20th 6.

Halsey, E. Swallow Tales. Swamp Press, n.d. 1-5/8″ x 2-3/4″. This is the first edition. There are one thousand copies. I-82 Swamp Press, 323 Pelham Road, Amherst, Massachusetts 01002. This is the third flipbook by Swamp Press. A swallow transforms into a pair of scissors. Bound in stiff beige paper covers with text stapled together. Illustrations all printed in blue. Title, author, and an illustration of a swallow printed in blue on the front cover. B20th 7.

Roseliep, Raymond. Swish of Cow Tail. (2 editions) Amherst, MA: Swamp Press, 1982. 2-15/16″ x 2-7/8″(hardcover) & 3″ x 2-13/16″ (paper cover). Colophon: *The hardcover edition was printed with Goudy Oldstyle on Okawara with a Golding letterpress by Ed Rayher. This is copy #69 of 100. Acknowledgements: Alembic, Cicada, Modern Haiku, Outch, & Poetry Nippon. January 20, Massachusetts. (Bound in richly decorated covers with title label on front cover). *The softcover edition was oprinted with Goudy Oldstyle on Mohawk Vellum with a golding letterpress by Ed Rayher. Acknowledgements: Alembic, Cicada, Modern Haiku, Outch, & Poetry Nippon. January 20, Massachusetts. (Bound in brown paper with a green colored illustration and title printed in black on the front cover and spine). A smalll collection of haiku profusely illustrated by Vlakos in an accordian style format; the book folds out to 4″. The rich drawings & papers do justice to the writing of one of the foremost contemporary haiku masters. B20th 8.

Roseliep, Raymond. Swish of Cow Tail. Amherst: Swamp Press, n.d. 3″ x 2 6/8″. Colophon: This softcover edition was printed with Goudy Oldstyle on Mohawk Vellum with a Golding letterpress by EdRayher. Acknowledgments: Alembic, Cicada, Modern Haiku, Outch & Poetry Nippon. January 20 Massachusetts. B20th:┬áNot listed.

Rotella, Alexis. Polishing the Ladybug. Swamp Press, n.d. 3-1/8″ x 3-1/8″. Colophon: This is #97 of 110 printed on Iyo Glazed in Kennerley monotype with a number 7 Golding. Printing, binding & woodcuts by Ed Rayher. 1-1-85. Acknowledgements: Frogpond, Modern Haiku, Clouds in My Teacup from Wind Chimes Press. Amherst, Massachusetts. Copyright Alexis Rotella mcmlxxxv. Signed in pencil by Ed Rayher. Alexis is internationally known for her writing and presidency of the Haiku Society of America. Text bound in an accordian fold inside pink paper over boards. Front cover has a design representing the back of a ladybug. Title on the spine. B20th 9.